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* AmbiguouslyGay: Famously with Plato towards Jim, whose interest looks like a PrecociousCrush. WordOfGod is that Nicholas Ray told Sal Mineo to look at James Dean "the same way Natalie does" -- and there was even a kiss between them scripted.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Famously with Plato towards Jim, whose interest looks like a PrecociousCrush. At one point he's clearly interested in the idea of spending a night with Jim. WordOfGod is that Nicholas Ray told Sal Mineo to look at James Dean "the same way Natalie does" -- and there was even a kiss between them scripted.


* OnlyChildSyndrome: Aside from having parental family issues, Jim and Plato aren't shown or mentioned to have any siblings. Judy was shown with a small child in her family scenes who may be her younger brother (although it's never specifically stated).


* BerserkButton: You shouldn't have called him 'chicken.'

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* BerserkButton: You shouldn't have called him 'chicken.Jim '[[NobodyCallsMeChicken chicken]].'



* ImprovisedWeapon: Plato briefly uses a hose as a whip when surrounded by bullies in the abandoned mansion's pool.

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* ImprovisedWeapon: Plato John briefly uses a hose as a whip when surrounded by bullies in the abandoned mansion's pool.

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* ImprovisedWeapon: Plato briefly uses a hose as a whip when surrounded by bullies in the abandoned mansion's pool.

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* OnlyChildSyndrome: Aside from having parental family issues, Jim and Plato aren't shown or mentioned to have any siblings. Judy was shown with a small child in her family scenes who may be her younger brother (although it's never specifically stated).


* CosmicHorror: The Planetarium sequence is entirely filled with this. The light show and cold scientist voice assures the young audience that the universe is vast and empty and human lives and civilization is meaningless in the long run.
-->'''Plato:''' Tell me Jim, will the end of the world come at night time?\\
'''Jim Stark:''' [[DaylightHorror No, at dawn]].


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* NaturalEndOfTime: The Planetarium sequence is entirely filled with this. The light show and cold scientist voice assures the young audience that the universe is vast and empty and human lives and civilization is meaningless in the long run.
-->'''Plato:''' Tell me Jim, will the end of the world come at night time?\\
'''Jim Stark:''' [[DaylightHorror No, at dawn]].


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* ParentalSubstitute: Jim tells Judy that Plato would like them to be like his mother and father.

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* CarloadOfCoolKids: Judy gets into a convertible car full of teenagers. Then the teenagers heckle Jim, who is a newcomer.


* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Jim is portrayed as a violent and menacing, if not downright villainous, figure in the promotional posters, no doubt to capitalize on this trope. However, in the film, he's actually a sensitive, kindhearted boy; Judy becomes attracted to him because he's kind to her. Her previous boyfriend was the gang leader Buzz.]

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Jim is portrayed as a violent and menacing, if not downright villainous, figure in the promotional posters, no doubt to capitalize on this trope. However, {{Subverted|Trope}} in the film, film: he's actually a sensitive, kindhearted boy; Judy becomes attracted to him because he's kind to her. Her previous boyfriend was the gang leader Buzz.]

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* NoAntagonist: The film doesn't really have a true antagonistic character, as it's mainly about the main trio's parental issues and connection with each other. Even the parents are fairly decent people, even if they are very flawed.


->''"You're tearing me ''apart!''"''

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->''"You're tearing me ''apart!''"''apart!"''

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Judy is the only lead character to be female.


* AllThereInTheManual: According to the script, Judy's little brother [[SatelliteCharacter who's only in scenes involving the family]], is named Beau.

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* AllThereInTheManual: AllThereInTheScript: According to the script, Judy's little brother [[SatelliteCharacter who's only in scenes involving the family]], is named Beau.


* AllThereInTheManual: According to the script, Judy's little brother [[SatelitteCharacter who's only in scenes involving the family]], is named Beau.

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* AllThereInTheManual: According to the script, Judy's little brother [[SatelitteCharacter [[SatelliteCharacter who's only in scenes involving the family]], is named Beau.

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* AllThereInTheManual: According to the script, Judy's little brother [[SatelitteCharacter who's only in scenes involving the family]], is named Beau.


* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Jim is portrayed as a violent and menacing, if not downright villainous, figure in the promotional posters, no doubt to capitalize on this trope. However, in the film, he's actually a sensitive, kindhearted boy; Judy becomes attracted to him because he's kind to her. Her previous boyfriend was the gang leader Buzz.

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Jim is portrayed as a violent and menacing, if not downright villainous, figure in the promotional posters, no doubt to capitalize on this trope. However, in the film, he's actually a sensitive, kindhearted boy; Judy becomes attracted to him because he's kind to her. Her previous boyfriend was the gang leader Buzz.]
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: All three of the lead teenage protagonists have names that start with the letter J. ('''J'''im, '''J'''udy, and '''J'''ohn) ("Plato" is actually John's nickname so the trope still applies.)

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